Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has commended youths in the state for not joining in the looting spree across the country in the name of the ENDSARS protest, describing the act as the height of criminality.
Engineer Sule made the commendation while flagging off the farmers’ field day and interactive session, for the North Central, organized by the National Centre for Agricultural Mechanization (NCAM), in Lafia, on Tuesday.
The Governor further called on the youths to shun people residing out of the state who may want to entice them to embark on the breaking of peoples warehouses, warning that such as is the height of criminality.
Engineer Sule said his administration is not afraid that any warehouse could be broken into, mostly because government has ensured that all COVID-19 palliatives have been distributed, with nothing kept in any warehouse.
According to the Governor, his administration distributed the palliatives as they came, stressing that the exercise was guided by the desire for transparency.
“We distributed these items as they came and the reason why we did that, was because we wanted to be very transparent with people.
“We wanted them to understand these items were meant for them and even though we were asked at one point, by some officials of COCAVID to hold on, because there was this fear that there was going to be another lockdown,” he stated.
While commending youths in the state for not accepting to join the unfortunate trend by breaking into peoples warehouses, Engineer Sule, cautioned against fighting the police.
“If we continue to fight the police the way we are going, who is going to protect us, criminals? Of course, the police may need reform, but we need the police more than any other time,” the Governor said.
Speaking on the event, Engineer Sule applauded the existing collaboration between NCAM and the Nasarawa State government, in the efforts to revitalize agricultural production and processing.
The Governor specifically commended NCAM for establishing the fully operational 1.5ton/hour Alvan Blanch Model Combine Rice Mill Plant, at the Nasarawa State processing zone, in Lafia, as well as the 16. 5 hectares total rice farm using SAWAH Eco-technology for rice production in Assakio, Shabu and NADP seed fields.
He expressed hope that the interactive session will afford the state government further opportunity to strengthen the collaboration with NCAM, towards improving its agricultural policies, especially at it involves the agricultural mechanization thrust of his administration.
Earlier, Executive Director, National Centre for Agricultural Mechanization (NCAM), Engr. Muideen Yomi Kasali, said Nasarawa State was chosen to host the agency’s field day and interactive sessions with relevant stakeholders in the agric sector within the North Central zone, is because of its comparative advantage in agriculture.
He said the reason for the session was to avail the North Central, the various agricultural machineries developed by NCAM and to keep abreast of new developments in indigenous technologies.
The event witnessed the demonstrations of recent developments in indigenous technologies.
#EndSARS: Old Women, Other Lead Protest, Says They March For The Children In Lagos
In what many described history seems to have resumed with full force in Lagos State on Thursday with protesters marching by Tejuosho Road in the Yaba area of the state.
According to reports, Old women and some young men brandished various placards in the area, defying the scorching heat to march for almost two hours.
They continued to chant, “End SARS and we march for our children.”
A number of them were also seen carrying the Nigerian flag in their hands, with microphones to make their voices audible.
The EndSARS movement, mostly peaceful, had turned to a blood field on Tuesday, October 20, when the personnel of the Nigerian Army went to the Lekki Tollgate area and opened fire on the crowds.
The soldiers from the 65 Battalion, Nigerian Army, Bonny Camp, Victoria Island, reportedly killed and injured several demonstrators.
A certain Lieutenant Colonel Bello, who was the Commanding Officer of the battalion, had reportedly led the soldiers to fire bullets at the scene. However, he claimed before the ongoing Lagos State Panel of Inquiry that he only fired blank ammunition into the air.
A day after the shootings, the Lagos State Governor had initially denied any loss of life from the gunfire or that he was aware of the deployment of soldiers.
Later, he admitted that two persons were killed in the incident, while the army said in a terse statement that the state government requested a military clampdown on the protesters to enforce its earlier-than-scheduled curfew.
FG Petitions CNN Over investigative Report On Lekki Shooting, Threatens Action
The Federal Government has written a petition to the US-based Cable News Network (CNN), demanding an immediate and exhaustive investigation into its report on the Lekki Tollgate shooting, to determine its authenticity and conformity to basic standards of journalism.
The government berated CNN for its investigative report on the #EndSARS protest in Lekki area of Lagos, pointing out that the media outfit breached the most basic of the core principles of journalism – balance and fairness.
In the petition written by the Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, to Jonathan Hawkins, VP (Communications) in CNN Centre Atlanta, Georgia; the government said that if the international media organization does not carry out its demand, it will take any action within its laws to prevent CNN from making the #EndSARS crisis worse.
According to a report from Mouthpiece NGR, the government’s letter dated November 23, 2020, is titled “Re: How a bloody night of bullets quashed a young protest movement”.
The letter reads
FG Will Replace Properties Destroyed By Hoodlums, SGF Assures FRSC
Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha has assured the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) that all the properties of the corps that were destroyed by hoodlums at the aftermath of the ENDSARS protest would be replaced by the federal government.
Speaking on Thursday in Abuja when he visited the Corps to inspect some of the vehicles and bikes recently purchased, he noted that about Eight Commands across the country were affected as well as 28 vehicles.
Lagos: Ijanikin office of FRSC, VIO set ablaze by hoodlums
He said the federal government would look into the plight of the corps and ensure that the vehicles were replaced to enable the officers carry out their activities effectively.
Mustapha noted that during the yuletide, officers of the corps would be needed to help protect the highways and ensure it was safe for motorist to travel on.
On his part, Corps Marshal of the corps, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi said the vehicles that were procured would be given to states and commands that got affected by the hoodlums attack before others commands can get theirs.
He said about 16 patrol vehicles were procured alongside some ambulances and towing trucks hence, the towing trucks would be deployed to Lagos State due to the traffic nature of the state.
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